Review: Strathisla (Lonach bottling) 42 year oldSeptember 24th, 2009
In an era of 40-plus year old whiskies costing thousands of dollars, how about a really good one for $200?
Lonach (distilled at Strathisla), 42 year old, 41.1%, $205
I wish the owners of Strathisla would put out older expressions of their whisky, and here’s why. Layers of sweetness (caramel in particular, but also honey and toffee) dovetail beautifully with an array of lush fruit (orange, apricot, golden raisin, fruit gum drops). All this is underpinned by subtle dried spice (cinnamon, cool mint, nutmeg) and teasing oak resin on the finish. What’s most impressive here isn’t the laundry list of flavors (although they certainly are there), but rather the balance. This, and its lovely depth with no signs of lethargy. Impressive!
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 92